Lean Agile Developers Group Publishes Long Awaited White Paper on Implementing Lean Agile Product Development Processes in a Dual Shore Environment

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Companies adopt both dual-shore approaches and lean agile product development methodologies with the intent to reduce product development cost and project durations. Combining the two can indeed have a synergistic effect. The Stride methodology allows companies to maintain the responsiveness characteristic to lean agile product development processes without sacrificing the accountability necessary to manage an offshore location. It has worked successfully on multi-year projects with several dozen team members. By adopting a proven lean agile product development methodology, companies can greatly increase their odds of success.

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STRIDE Methodology - Lean Agile Development in a Structured, Dual-shore Environment

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Lean Agile Developers Group, a group of more than a 1200 practitioners of Lean Agile product development processes, today released a much awaited white paper on STRIDE, a Lean Agile product development methodology optimized for a geographical dispersed team. The white paper entitled "STRIDE Methodology - Lean Agile Development in a Structured, Dual-shore Environment" is available for free download at Lean Agile Developers Group's website.

Companies adopt both dual-shore approaches and agile methodologies with the intent to reduce development cost and project durations. Combining the two can indeed have a synergistic effect. However, this is still very much an emerging field. Companies have been attempting dual-shore agile projects for only a few years.

When dual-shore development first became popular, many companies experienced problems due to process breakdowns. The usual response was to hew more closely to the recommendations of IEEE 12207 or similar traditional methodologies. The result was a severe trade-off: successful cost reduction for a painful loss of flexibility. Many companies found that when the inevitable changes in requirements occurred, any cost savings quickly disappeared.

The Stride methodology allows companies to maintain the responsiveness characteristic to agile processes without sacrificing the accountability necessary to manage an offshore location. It has worked successfully on multi-year projects with several dozen team members. By adopting a proven methodology, companies can greatly increase their odds of success.

The white paper is authored by industry experts Y. P. Talreja and Philip Spiegl. Talreja has held executive or senior management positions in large companies such as Oracle, PeopleSoft, Amazon.com and various startups, where he practiced Lean Agile Development, often in conjunction with offshore and distributed software development. Phil Spiegl is a Manager of Software Engineering at Mitchell International, Inc. Prior to Mitchell, Mr. Spiegl has held director, architect, or manager level leadership positions in software companies such as National Medical Computer Services and Digital Lighthouse.

ABOUT THE LEAN AGILE DEVELOPERS GROUP
Lean Agile Developers Group is a volunteer based group with more than 1200 members worldwide. It provides professionals who are interested in Lean Agile software development processes such as Stride, SCRUM, Extreme Programming, or any other flavors of Lean Agile development with a forum to share thoughts and ideas with others, learn about latest advances in the field of Lean Agile Product Development methodologies and arrange both virtual and in-person events to provide educational and networking opportunities to both members and non-members. Membership is free for individuals, while Corporations pay a nominal fee for corporate membership.

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